Not many people are aware of sleep apnoea until it really starts to affect their lives. It is a serious disorder, but one that can be treated effectively at a reputable Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) clinic, such as the TMJ Centre Melbourne. Overcoming the disorder requires state-of-the-art technology, which is delivered in combination with experienced physicians who specialise in the root causes of sleep apnoea.
What Is Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is a condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep, causing the person to wake up immediately and gasp. It also refers to people who breathe insufficiently during sleep.
Insufficient breathing during sleep, sleep apnoea, can be more serious than people think because if left untreated it can lead to strokes and heart disease. The arteries that carry oxygenated blood to the brain are compromised, which can lead to several vascular diseases.
The important thing to remember is that besides those more severe cases, the common problems people experience with sleep apnoea are wake-ups in the middle of the night, which lead to poor concentration during the day. Many sufferers develop serious signs of depression and anxiety disorders due to lack of sleep or interrupted sleep.
What causes Sleep Apnoea?
A common misconception is that Sleep Apnoea is in fact not caused by TMJ. Although they may be related, Sleep Apnoea is caused by incorrect breathings habits. This could stem from a range of factors, most importantly some of the affects on your body you face as you grow, such as a narrow jaw, incorrect growth and prominent mouth-only breathing.
Is Sleep Apnoea curable?
Sleep apnoea can definitely be treated and corrected. To understand how it can be treated, you need to understand why you have sleep apnoea. The most common cause of sleep apnoea is due to the position of the lower jaw. When we sleep, our muscles relax; but with sleep apnoea sufferers, the muscles relax too much, which produces an obstruction in the throat.
At TMJ Centre Melbourne, we treat sleep apnoea by improving the positioning of the jaw, head and neck in order to help remove any pressures on the jawbone. To allow air to pass easily during sleep, doctors may prepare a bite plate for you, which will help move the jaw forward and down. These treatments are the most successful corrective techniques in managing and ending sleep apnoea.
Furthermore, the Centre also provides chiropractic methods to help clear the passages leading from your diaphragm to your throat and nose. This will help air pass naturally and offer sufficient oxygen to your brain and all your organs during sleep. Depending on the severity and causes of your sleep apnoea, physicians at the TMJ Centre Melbourne may co-treat your condition with an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeons.
It is highly recommended that if for any reason you have broken sleep / snoring you make an appointment today in order to prevent any future, serious complications.
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